US attorney’s office apologises to ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Jordan Belfort over article suggesting he is hiding in Australia
THE US attorney’s office has issued a statement saying The Wall Street Journal made a mistake when quoting a spokesman as saying the real ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ had moved to Australia.
Spokesman Robert Nardoza told news.com.au “The Wall Street Journal erroneously reported that I said Belfort was in Australia. I have asked WSJ to make a correction.”
It comes following an article on the Wall Street institution which said US authorities suspected Mr Belfort of living in Australia in order to protect his assets from having to make restitution payments to investors.
Mr Belfort, the convicted fraudster that inspired the ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ blockbuster, took to Facebook to slam the article as “utterly insane and libelous (sic)”
“Fortunately, the US Attorney’s Office, through my attorney, has issued me a personal apology and The Wall Street Journal will run a correction. I respect them for promptly admitting their mistake,” he posted online.
The real life wolf, Jordan Belfort. Picture: Chris Pavlich Source: News Limited
Mr Belfort was indicted in 1998 for securities fraud and money laundering. He pleaded guilty, received three years in prison and was ordered to pay $110 million to his victims.
The Scorsese epic based on his life pulled in $66.3 million at the box office in its first two weeks, while Leonardo DiCaprio won the best actor Golden Globe for a musical/comedy film for his role in the film.